A 47-year-old motorcyclist and his passenger were injured on a Saturday afternoon when the bike they were riding on collided with a passenger car along a section of Maryland 63 just west of Hagerstown, MD. Being a Baltimore motorcycle accident lawyer for many years, this is a distressingly typical scenario experienced by many bikers at least once during their lifetime.
This traffic accident, which also involved a passenger vehicle, is only one of dozens reported every year in Maryland. In this particular case, the wreck was bad enough that it left the driver of the bike in critical condition at a local hospital.
According to police reports, two Carroll County residents were enjoying a Saturday afternoon ride outside of Hagerstown when a 2004 Chevrolet Monte Carlo tried to cross the roadway eastbound along Broadfording Road. In the process of crossing Md. 63 the Chevy apparently pulled right into the path of the oncoming motorcycle.
The bike carrying Michael Destefano and his girlfriend, 45-year-old Christine Biddinger, struck the left side of the Monte Carlo, throwing the motorcycle’s driver and passenger off the bike onto the roadway shortly before 3pm. Police put some of the blame on a large tree located at that intersection, which apparently obstructs the view from both roads.
Officers from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office responded along with other emergency responders. Destefano, a New Windsor resident, was reportedly flown to the University of Maryland R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center where he was listed in critical condition Sunday the next day. Biddinger was taken to Washington County Hospital with a variety of injuries including a broken arm, chest injuries and a collapsed lung. Biddinger was listed in fair condition the day following the accident.
According to the news article, the driver of the Chevy 20-year-old Morgan Fahey of Hagerstown, refused treatment. There was no information at the time of the news article whether or not charges would be pressed against the car’s driver. The area was reportedly closed to traffic for several hours as a reconstruction team attempted to piece together the crash.
Carroll County man in critical condition after motorcycle accident, Herald-Mail.com, June 12, 2010